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Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley is located at the end of a stunning alpine valley cradled by six high Sierra peaks nestled between Truckee and Tahoe City on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.

A Travelplan consultant can assist you package your accommodation with flights, lifts & transfers for even greater savings on your holiday to Squaw Valley California.

Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe's legendary ski resort is a unique winter playground with over 1600 skiable hectares spread over 6 peaks. Host to the 1960 Winter Olypic Games, Squaw Valley enjoys spectacular views of Lake Tahoe. Renown for its challeging terrain and  skiing with only 25% of the mountain open to beginners.

Squaw Valley's extensive guest facilities are concentrated in two main areas;

  • The Base Area elevation 6200'
  • Upper Mountain elevation 8200'

Squaw Valley is the perfect resort for those that love skiing and snowboarding and for those that prefer to enjoy the mountains in other ways. We've got activities for everyone in the family. Spend the day enjoying the snow and all the winter fun Squaw Valley has to offer.

Mountain Statistics

SeasonNovember to May
Snowfall average11m
Snowmaking600 acres
Summit Elevation2,652m
Base Elevation1,780m
Vertical Rise870m
Terrain Area4,000 acres
Trails170+
Lifts33
Lift Capacity49,000 riders/hour
Longest Run8.2km
Beginner25%
Intermediate45%
Advanced30%

Location

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Closest Airport

Reno - 70km

Transfer from Reno

Approx 1 hour

Closest International Airport

SFO - 315km

Transfer from San Francisco

Approx 4 hours

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Village at Squaw Valley, Squaw Valley

Village at Squaw, Winter
Luxury slope side accommodations set in an intimate European style village, complete with cobblestone sidewalks, exquisite restaurants, plenty of shopping and a full service health spa.

Squaw Valley Lodge, Squaw Valley

Sqaw Valley Lodge
The Squaw Valley Lodge is located directly behind the cable car building in Squaw Valley's village. The Squaw Valley Lodge is the perfect ski-in/ski-out location with immediate access to all Squaw Valley has to offer.

Resort at Squaw Creek, Squaw Valley

Resort at Squaw
The Resort at Squaw Creek is a premier California vacation destination just minutes from North Lake Tahoe.

Reality at Squaw

Written by Tim a Skier from Melbourne, Australia
19/4/2012

This is a big resort with serious terrain. It's stretched out around the Squaw valley (hence the name) with significant distance from one end to the other. Now joined to Alpine Meadows although it's a shuttle bus to get there and back.  Not great for young children because beginner terrain is largely on plateau near top of mountain, which can be closed on account of wind - very limited beginner terrain down low. Lifts crisscross the mtn in an illogical fashion and too many of them are slow fixed grip without protection from wind. Lifts across mountain also mean you'll end up skiing across the fall line more than you might like. 

Limited on-mountain eating facilities. Finally, storms come through in cycle - couple of days of wind and snow, then sunny, then couple of days of wind and snow. Wind coming down the valley can close all lifts. Against all that, lots of lift capacity, lots of room, serious blue and black terrain.  Would love to see more glades in bounds as well as some wide open fall line runs.

Pleasant little village at bottom although limited grocery shopping and limited range of restaurants. If you're a diehard advanced skier, then drop in off KT22 chair for some cliff jumping. If you have children, go to Northstar.  

Ratings


5

No Snow for you

Written by Gene a Skier from Sydney
30/1/2012

Squaw is a great resort, even with no snow it is a great resort, only two runs man made snow but 3min 45sec top to bottom is fun not what we came for but make the most of it we did.

Because of the lack of people a group lesson became a private lesson. Very comfortable rooms, not too expensive market for cook in facilities, hot tub to remove the ache and pains. Squaw is now linked with alpine meadows for a bit of a change of scenery. A great place to be a great place to ski.

Ratings

Night Life / Restaurants
4
Terrain
5
Ski School
5
Kids Facilities
5
Value For Money
4
Rooms
4
Property Facilities
4
Location
5
Restaurant / Bar
4
Children's services
5

Squaw Valley - put it on the list

Written by Margie a Skier from Sydney, Australia
25/2/2011

Squaw Valley skiing was fantastic;  diverse and intereting terrain, great lift service and no crowds during the week. 

Great steeps and challenges off Granite Chief and Headwall Express were our pick. We were lucky to arrive just after a record snow fall, so conditions were excellent. 

The quality of the snow was surprisingly good; better than what we expected for California. Accommdation very good, although we didn''t use facilities. 

Underground secure parking included in tarrif. Resort is big enough to provide what you need, but has small village feel. 

Visit Alpine Meadows and Northstar while you''re there - quite different and close by. 

Ratings

Night Life / Restaurants
3
Terrain
5
Value For Money
5
Rooms
4
Property Facilities
3
Location
4
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Squaw Valley USA is just 42 miles from Reno, 96 miles from Sacramento and 196 miles from San Francisco via all weather Interstate 80. Located off Highway 89, between Truckee and Tahoe City on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.
 

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Closest Airport

Reno - 70km

Transfer from Reno

Approx 1 hour

Closest International Airport

SFO - 315km

Transfer from San Francisco

Approx 4 hours

Peak Snow Season

December to March

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